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Mental Health and Heart Conditions May Rely on Gum Health

January 9th, 2022

We’re always interested in learning about new studies related to your health and oral health. As you may know, taking care of your teeth and gums can go a long way in helping you take care of your body as a whole. Gum disease, particularly the severe stage known as periodontal disease, can take a negative toll on your health. Periodontal disease has been linked to many systemic issues.

A new study conducted by researchers at the University of Birmingham revealed a potential link between gum disease and illnesses including mental health and heart problems. The researchers analyzed general practitioner medical records of 60,995 patients with a reported history of gingivitis and 3,384 with periodontitis. They also analyzed 251,161 patients with no record of gingivitis or periodontal disease but similar Body Mass Index (BMI) and ethnicity for comparison data. Between both comparison groups, the average age of the patients were 44 years, and 43% were male. They also noted 30% were smokers. Then, with an average follow-up time of 3 years, researchers evaluated how many of the patients from each group developed heart disease, high blood pressure, Type 2 diabetes, autoimmune disorders including arthritis, Type 1 diabetes, psoriasis, and mental health conditions such as depression and anxiety.

They found that patients with the recorded history of periodontal disease had a higher likelihood of being diagnosed with a cardiovascular, metabolic, autoimmune, or mental health condition over the 3 year period than individuals without a history of periodontal disease at the start of the study. Patients with periodontal disease had a 37% increased risk of developing mental health illnesses, a 33% increased risk of developing autoimmune disease, 26% increased risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, 18% higher risk of cardiovascular disease, and 7% higher risk of developing other cardiometabolic disorders.

Dr. Joht Singh Chandan, co-first author of the study announced, "Poor oral health is extremely common, both here in the UK and globally. When oral ill-health progresses, it can lead to a substantially reduced quality of life. However, until now, not much has been known about the association of poor oral health and many chronic diseases, particularly mental ill-health. Therefore, we conducted one of the largest epidemiological studies of its kind to date, using UK primary care data to explore the association between periodontal disease and several chronic conditions. We found evidence that periodontal disease appears to be associated with an increased risk of developing these associated chronic diseases. As periodontal diseases are very common, an increased risk of other chronic diseases may represent a substantial public health burden."

This research provides a great foundation for further research to explore these systemic conditions and their potential link to gum disease. It also highlights the importance of managing your oral health, which may help reduce the risk of developing detrimental health conditions beyond just the oral cavity. Taking notice of the early signs of gum disease, like swollen, red, and sore gums, is extremely important so that early treatment can occur before the disease progresses.

This pandemic has impacted us all, but our community is indeed all stronger together. Our team at WDG always has your safety and health as our top priority, and we have implemented additional safety measures and equipment to help prevent the transmission of all infections, including COVID-19. Wellesley Dental Group has completely reopened since June 8th, 2020 for all dental procedures and cleanings! Thank you for entrusting your health and dental care to us at Wellesley Dental Group.

Feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and the caring team at Wellesley Dental Group if you have any thoughts or concerns; they will be happy to answer your questions! Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com to set up an appointment.

Your little ones and teens are welcome to visit our pediatric dentist, Dr. Bahar Houshman and Dr. Marisa Reason is happy to help with your TMJ and orthodontic needs. For wisdom teeth extractions or any other oral surgery needs, Dr. Reisman would love to help, and our gum-specialist Dr. Singh can help with your gum-related concerns.

References:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/12/211220083114.htm

https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.medicalnewstoday.com%2Farticles%2F324485&psig=AOvVaw2HYJAvPyoD73zCo-4bf-Za&ust=1641248884968000&source=images&cd=vfe&ved=0CAsQjRxqFwoTCPjqz9-OlPUCFQAAAAAdAAAAABA7

A Chewing Gum Designed to Lower the Spread of SARS-CoV-2?

January 9th, 2022

As we enter 2022, we all must continue to do the best we can to combat COVID-19 and keep our communities safe and healthy. Researchers across the globe are continuing their efforts to help find ways to lower SARS-CoV-2 transmission and bring back some normalcy to life. A new experiment conducted by researchers at University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine, Perelman School of Medicine, and School of Veterinary Medicine, in addition to The Wistar Institute and Fraunhofer USA has led to the development of a chewing gum that could potentially lower the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

The study, published in the journal Molecular Therapy, tested a chewing gum covered with a plant-grown protein (ACE2) intended to capture SARS-CoV-2 virus and lower the viral load in saliva.

Lead scientist, Henry Daniell stated, "SARS-CoV-2 replicates in the salivary glands, and we know that when someone who is infected sneezes, coughs, or speaks some of that virus can be expelled and reach others…This gum offers an opportunity to neutralize the virus in the saliva, giving us a simple way to possibly cut down on a source of disease transmission."

The researchers first grew ACE2 combined with another component in plants, and then incorporated this into cinnamon-flavored gum tablets. After collecting samples from nasopharyngeal swabs from COVID-positive patients with the chewing gum, they found that the levels of SARS-CoV-2 virus decreased. In addition, researchers found that the virus levels were ‘almost undetectable’ when they exposed saliva samples from COVID-19 positive patients to the chewing gum.

Currently, the researchers are in the process of working to gain authorization to perform a clinical trial for safety and efficacy of the chewing gum to be used in COVID-19 positive individuals. Daniell stated, "We are already using masks and other physical barriers to reduce the chance of transmission…This gum could be used as an additional tool in that fight."

This pandemic has impacted us all, but our community is indeed all stronger together. Our team at WDG always has your safety and health as our top priority, and we have implemented additional safety measures and equipment to help prevent the transmission of all infections, including COVID-19. Wellesley Dental Group has completely reopened since June 8th, 2020 for all dental procedures and cleanings! Thank you for entrusting your health and dental care to us at Wellesley Dental Group.

Feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and the caring team at Wellesley Dental Group if you have any thoughts or concerns; they will be happy to answer your questions! Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com to set up an appointment.

Your little ones and teens are welcome to visit our pediatric dentist, Dr. Bahar Houshman and Dr. Marisa Reason is happy to help with your TMJ and orthodontic needs. For wisdom teeth extractions or any other oral surgery needs, Dr. Reisman would love to help, and our gum-specialist Dr. Singh can help with your gum-related concerns.

References:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/12/211203151425.htm

https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cbsnews.com%2Fnews%2Fsugar-free-gum-good-for-teeth-maybe-not-study-says%2F&psig=AOvVaw2I1Qj8rgeC8vJzV6yFs3eF&ust=1641326654219000&source=images&cd=vfe&ved=0CAsQjRxqFwoTCNjr9biwlvUCFQAAAAAdAAAAABAT

Cervical Cancer, HPV, and Oral Health: What you Need to Know

January 9th, 2022

January marks Cervical Health Awareness Month. Every January many organizations across the nation shed light on cervical cancer and knowledge regarding prevention, diagnosis, and treatment. According to the National Cervical Cancer Coalition (NCCC), over 14,000 American women are diagnosed with invasive cervical cancer every year. Fortunately, this condition can be prevented with vaccination and routine screening.

A common cause of cervical cancer is Human papillomavirus (HPV), in which is characterized by over 100 different types. HPV has even been associated to other cancers such as oropharyngeal cancers. In fact, according to the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR), oral issues related to poor oral hygiene including gum disease was found to cause approximately 40-80% of oropharyngeal cancers. Dr. Thanh Cong Bui, postdoctoral research fellow in the School of Public Health at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center in Houston stated, "The good news is, this risk factor is modifiable -- by maintaining good oral hygiene and good oral health, one can prevent HPV infection and subsequent HPV-related cancers."

Their study reported a 56% increased risk of developing oral HPV infection in individuals who reported poor oral health. In addition, they found that individuals who reported gum disease had a 51% higher chance of oral HPV infection, and a 28% higher chance of oral HPV infection for individuals who reported other dental issues. An additional association was made by the researchers between oral HPV infection and number of missing teeth.

Take a look at some quick facts about cervical cancer:

This pandemic has impacted us all, but our community is indeed all stronger together. Our team at WDG always has your safety and health as our top priority, and we have implemented additional safety measures and equipment to help prevent the transmission of all infections, including COVID-19. Wellesley Dental Group has completely reopened since June 8th, 2020 for all dental procedures and cleanings! Thank you for entrusting your health and dental care to us at Wellesley Dental Group.

Feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and the caring team at Wellesley Dental Group if you have any thoughts or concerns; they will be happy to answer your questions! Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com to set up an appointment.

Your little ones and teens are welcome to visit our pediatric dentist, Dr. Bahar Houshman and Dr. Marisa Reason is happy to help with your TMJ and orthodontic needs. For wisdom teeth extractions or any other oral surgery needs, Dr. Reisman would love to help, and our gum-specialist Dr. Singh can help with your gum-related concerns.

References:

https://www.nccc-online.org/cervical-health-awareness-month/

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/08/130821132341.htm

https://www.who.int/multi-media/details/get-informed.-get-screened.-get-vaccinated

https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.gcmchealth.com%2Fabout-us%2Fnews%2Fnational-cervical-cancer-awareness-month&psig=AOvVaw0-fiwi_kezgqTXi0n4oVWj&ust=1641332636984000&source=images&cd=vfe&ved=0CAsQjRxqFwoTCLC1iN7GlvUCFQAAAAAdAAAAABAD

https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.wsav.com%2Fnews%2Fhealth-news%2Fcervical-cancer-awareness-fundraiser-luncheon-held-in-honor-of-late-advocate%2F&psig=AOvVaw1MSfYANaBfVsps3c0Dyh3o&ust=1641340947527000&source=images&cd=vfe&ved=0CAsQjRxqFwoTCPiY4dPllvUCFQAAAAAdAAAAABAg

Healthy Foods and Drinks for a Healthy Smile

January 9th, 2022

Watching what we eat goes way beyond just managing weight. In fact, our diet plays a major role in oral health. Eating healthy is important for maintaining healthy gums and teeth. Healthy lifestyle choices along with good oral care can help you avoid sticky situations like getting a cavity.

Sugary foods are often tasty, but sadly they are also loved by the bacteria in our mouths. Bacteria feed off of sugars we consume and in turn create harmful acids that breakdown tooth enamel and wreak havoc throughout the mouth. Instead, consuming a balance of nutritious foods is the way to go! Take a look at these recommendations for strong and healthy teeth:

Stay Hydrated with Fluoridated Water:

Water needs to be a key part of each day to keep your body and teeth healthy. Drinking water with fluoride is beneficial in helping fight tooth decay. Water also helps wash away food debris that when stuck to your teeth promote bacteria and dental plaque build-up.

Dairy is the Way to Go:

Dairy products have been known to promote strong bones, and this includes your tooth enamel. Many dairy items are full of healthy vitamins and minerals such as hydroxyapatite and calcium. For instance, cheese is a great tooth-friendly snack that is low in sugar and rich in calcium. Yogurt is also a great snack that contains calcium and probiotics, positive for combatting bad breath and keeping your teeth strong.

Don’t Forget about High Fiber Foods:

Foods rich in fiber like leafy vegetables offer great health benefits, including promoting better digestion, cholesterol levels, and strong tooth enamel.

Got Cranberries?

Cranberries have been known to fight tooth decay. They contain healthy antioxidants and other compounds that help reduce harmful dental plaque.

Chew on Sugar-Free Gum:

All chewing gum is not bad, particularly sugar-free gum is a great option if you are a gum-lover. Sugar-free gum helps generate saliva which helps wash away food particles and also contains protective minerals for your teeth.

Snack on Apples and Pears:

Apples and pears make a great snack and are tooth-friendly foods! These fruits are high in fiber and naturally help brush away food particles, increase protective saliva, and neutralize harmful acids in the mouth.

Put your best effort into choosing tooth-friendly foods this new year and be sure to continue practicing good oral hygiene.

This pandemic has impacted us all, but our community is indeed all stronger together. Our team at WDG always has your safety and health as our top priority, and we have implemented additional safety measures and equipment to help prevent the transmission of all infections, including COVID-19. Wellesley Dental Group has completely reopened since June 8th, 2020 for all dental procedures and cleanings! Thank you for entrusting your health and dental care to us at Wellesley Dental Group.

Feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and the caring team at Wellesley Dental Group if you have any thoughts or concerns; they will be happy to answer your questions! Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com to set up an appointment.

Your little ones and teens are welcome to visit our pediatric dentist, Dr. Bahar Houshman and Dr. Marisa Reason is happy to help with your TMJ and orthodontic needs. For wisdom teeth extractions or any other oral surgery needs, Dr. Reisman would love to help, and our gum-specialist Dr. Singh can help with your gum-related concerns.

References:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/life-style/food-news/6-foods-to-have-daily-for-strong-and-healthy-teeth/photostory/88623530.cms

https://dentistry.uic.edu/news-stories/the-best-foods-for-a-healthy-smile-and-whole-body/

https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.medicalnewstoday.com%2Farticles%2F290814&psig=AOvVaw2LHr0_nAJUbzxldqSaeQep&ust=1641341829013000&source=images&cd=vfe&ved=0CAsQjRxqFwoTCLCLhPvolvUCFQAAAAAdAAAAABAD

https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&url=https%3A%2F%2Fadpf.org.au%2Ftrends-shaping-dairy-in-2021%2F&psig=AOvVaw3BqJo5cnF0HtdH6YT5qvSw&ust=1641341902809000&source=images&cd=vfe&ved=0CAsQjRxqFwoTCMC01JzplvUCFQAAAAAdAAAAABAJ

https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&url=https%3A%2F%2Fagamatrix.com%2Fblog%2Fhigh-fiber-foods-diabetes%2F&psig=AOvVaw0m3zFdjYDVMhXH72IdozqY&ust=1641342196538000&source=images&cd=vfe&ved=0CAsQjRxqFwoTCPjLnqvqlvUCFQAAAAAdAAAAABAP

https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.healthline.com%2Fnutrition%2Fis-cranberry-juice-good-for-diabetics&psig=AOvVaw3xa5PN5P1ESzOQKa3G-1Ni&ust=1641342352779000&source=images&cd=vfe&ved=0CAsQjRxqFwoTCJCwo_HqlvUCFQAAAAAdAAAAABAF

https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.prevention.com%2Ffood-nutrition%2Fhealthy-eating%2Fa20451183%2Fclean-gum-brands%2F&psig=AOvVaw1OGRWAIVNf-EaaxLEzvN-a&ust=1641342423458000&source=images&cd=vfe&ved=0CAsQjRxqFwoTCLDqsZPrlvUCFQAAAAAdAAAAABAE

https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.booths.co.uk%2Four-stories%2Four-products%2Fbest-of-the-season-apples-and-pears%2F&psig=AOvVaw2ksSoKeMMTwBkNlefwOF_6&ust=1641342525959000&source=images&cd=vfe&ved=0CAsQjRxqFwoTCPCR68jrlvUCFQAAAAAdAAAAABAD

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